Officials with the Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) program have announced that the winner of the organization’s most prestigious annual award will be recognized during the 2017 Commodity Classic held March 2-4 in San Antonio, Texas. 

The recipient of the International Certified Crop Adviser (ICCA) of the Year Award will be highlighted the afternoon of Friday, March 3, during a CCA-sponsored Learning Center session entitled “Achieving Sustainability with a Certified Crop Adviser.” The award is traditionally presented at the American Society of Agronomy Annual Meeting, but CCA officials have opted to also showcase the award at Commodity Classic this year and, it is hoped, in future years as well.

“Commodity Classic is the perfect venue for us to bring the ICCA award back to its roots,” says Andy Knepp, Chair of ICCA Board.  “It’s the farmers and fellow agronomists with whom these professionals work every day, so it only seems right to showcase the award on a stage surrounded by those individuals at America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused show.”

Farmers and fellow agronomists are invited to nominate potential recipients of the ICCA award.  Nominations must be initiated no later than 4 p.m. Central on January 10, 2017, with complete nomination documentation due by 4 p.m. Central on January 17, 2017.  Nominations may be submitted at www.agronomy.org/awards.

The International Certified Crop Adviser (ICCA) of the Year Award is designed to annually recognize a CCA who delivers exceptional customer service, is highly innovative, has shown that they are a leader in their field, and has contributed substantially to the exchange of ideas and the transfer of agronomic knowledge within the agricultural industry. The ICCA of the Year Award celebrates a level of proficiency that belongs to an individual and not a company.

 “This is a great opportunity for farmers and agronomists to nominate a Certified Crop Adviser who truly deserves recognition for not only their professional accomplishments and expertise, but also for their impact on the community and the people they help on a daily basis,” says Knepp. 

Education is a hallmark of Commodity Classic.  In addition to the Learning Center schedule, Commodity Classic also offers Learning Centers, What’s New Sessions, Mini What’s New Sessions, Early Riser Sessions, the General Session and the AG CONNECT Main Stage on the trade show floor.  Commodity Classic also features a huge trade show, entertainment and the opportunity to network with thousands of America’s best farmers.

Detailed information on all educational sessions and the entire Commodity Classic schedule are available at www.commodityclassic.com.  Online registration and housing are also available on the website